Italian tomato crop yield is a beacon amid gloomy food supply chain
European countries are bracing for continued disruption in the food supply chain, but the Italian tomato harvest is a glimmer of light in an otherwise bleak harvest season.
– Phil Durham
BOLOGNA, EMILIA-ROMAGNA, ITALY, November 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The yield of the Italian tomato crop is a beacon amid the gloom in the food supply chain.
As European countries prepare to disrupt the food supply chain, the Italian tomato harvest has proven to be a glimmer of light in an otherwise bleak harvest season.
Global food prices are at their highest level in more than a decade after increasing by more than 30% last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently announced. Food inflation is fueled by environmental impacts on agriculture and labor shortages which combine to increase the costs of producing and transporting food.
However, in Italy, thanks to the good weather and the dedication of teams across the industry, the tomato harvest was a success.
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“Overall it’s a very good season, only limited by the availability of packaging. The season has been good and the forecast in the region has increased to 2.9 million tonnes, which means the estimate for Italy is now 5.9 million tonnes.
Northern Italy: Tomato statistics
The final production rates of Italian tomatoes in 2021 are higher than previous estimates, largely due to a very good season in the north, where production reached 3.09 million tonnes, more than volumes. contracts, which has never happened before. The weather was fine, despite limited localized hailstorms. The average agricultural yield on the 38,621 hectares planted was just over 80 t / ha. with an average brix rating of 4.88. The second half of the harvest was particularly good.
Southern Italy: tomato statistics
In the south, after a poor 2020 harvest, it was also a good campaign with an average of 90.87 t / ha on 32,596 hectares, for a final production of 2.96 million tonnes. The only problems were in Caserta at the start of the season, which suffered from the low temperatures. In Puglia, there was sufficient water in the Occhito reservoir, so that the region achieved a good yield per hectare. The quality of the fruit was good with high brix levels.
The ripple effect of a good harvest in northern Italy means that Atlante witnessed an increase in supply chain costs as there was a need to move more raw materials from the fields of the north to south transformers.
Phil Durham, Commercial Director of Atlante UK:
“Harvesting tomatoes is never easy, but it has been amazing to see the industry go through this exceptional year with labor challenges, increases in the cost of raw materials and COVID to provide a good harvest. “
Ahead of the tomato harvest, major food producers expressed concerns over tomatoes left to rot in the fields and fears of steel sheet shortages and aluminum prices negatively impacting packaging availability.
Atlante has been exporting canned and processed Italian tomatoes around the world for two decades. They offer a full suite of brief to cart product services, which include end-to-end supply chain and logistics management.
Natasha Lindhart, CEO of Atlante;
“Here at Atlante, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to working with our manufacturers to provide delicious, high quality Italian cuisine to our retailers. “
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From field to fork – Atlante tomato harvest 2021